I’m trying to brainstorm this particular concept of using cell phones in public places. This incident of course is about our very own Satyam Theater. The reason why i picked this place is mentioned below. Read on and pour your thoughts in. Because after thinking much i don’t have much answers that make any sense. Its not like its happening anywhere else in India, it is but since we are here in chennai to reduce the complexity of the situation and the argument we shall drill down to Satyam theater chennai.
After a long week at work i hit the “6 degrees” theater tonight at the Satyam Cineplex to catch up with the movie “Resident Evil 3”. The movie was fun, nice time pass however there was one disturbing phenomenon that hit my eyes and ears everywhere i turned around. Its happened before and it happened now. Yes you know what im talking about….
They came in all shapes and sizes. From monotonic ring tones to polyphonic and true tone/mp3 tones you name it that can be as loud as they can get. The first thing me and my cousin did when we went into the theater was put our phones to the vibrator mode, which is what any normal person is expected to do. Looks like we don’t have much normalcy here because i heard all the songs in the Sivaji Movie blare with ring tones, blaring even louder than the gory scenes on DTS on screen.
I’m trying to figure out why this happens and i try and reason why people don’t turn off their cell phones in cinema theaters and let it gloriously disturb every other person around.
Argument #1: The quality of movies has gone to the dogs people think their cell phones are better to look at.
Counter Argument: This happened even in Sivaji Movie and Vettayadu Vilayadu! Am i to believe that thalivar fans think the movie is crap or Kamal’s latest successful flick was a bore? So i guess that nullifies this argument.
Argument#2: People are irresponsible and uncivilized
Counter Argument: Thats rubbish, the average Satyam goer is certainly above the income level of an average chennai dweller. He is well educated and well payed enough to afford Rs.120 as a ticket and another 50 rupees for soda and snacks inside the theater. So i guess this nullifies the argument as such about it being people’s fault.
Argument#3: Satyam does not communicate properly.
Counter Argument: Slides are displayed before, during the interval of movies to switch off the cell phones. So i guess this argument is nullified too.
Argument#4: People are absent minded.
Counter Argument: Well this is indeed a good probability. However am i led to believe that close to 30 to 40 people in a cinema theater of 150 are absent minded? I don’t really think so. If thats true then we have a medical situation here. Probably this counter argument is the only one that holds water.
I seriously dont understand. Who could they call and message after 10.15 PM in the night? Its not even day! Adding to this most of them either had wives or girl friends with them, who else would you want to message apart from these people at 10.15 PM. You really cannot message someone for a job interview, or can you?
I mean its none of my business to worry who they message or call or recieve calls from but it sure is my problem and every persons problem when its in the middle of a movie and you phone rings loud like an ambulance with the latest tamil movie number and you pick up the phone and scream at the top of your voice that “naan padaththula irukken! sollu enna matter….” kind of conversations.
Most people do not pay that Rs. 120 to hear this conversation that is forced into them amidst a good movie.
So, i put the ball in your court my dear chennai vasi’s. I’m lost for ideas, words and wisdom. I have no clue why people do this apart from the bliind justification that people are absent minded. But hey even if you are absent minded you could always hang up on a call and msg the person that you are in a theater right? Why dont people do that?
I need answers because im totally stupified today trying to brainstorm this topic and it looks like im going nowhere. So i think its best i ask no one else who can provide their expert opinion and reason other than my chennai vasis. Are we ready?
Okay, the comment section is all yours to type away. Now keep in mind. Lets keep this tied down to Satyam theater or say Cinema theater only. The smaller the topic the easier it is for us to confine things to time and space.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, ideas that may come. Much appreciated.